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Café Gerbeaud: Sumptuous sweets and magical mood in Budapest

On Vörösmarty Square in Pest, Gerbeaud has been around since 1858. Some say it’s touristy and over-priced. Me, I adore the atmosphere of another era in this Budapest cafe: high ceilings with plaster rosettes and crystal chandeliers, silk wall papers, solid brass-footed tables, and heavy velvet curtains separating the different rooms. The Royal Habsburgs came here, […]

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Silent Retro Sunday: Luna Park seen from Sydney Harbour, 2001

Luna Park seen from Sydney Harbour, 2001

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11 most popular Instagrams in July 2015

The most popular Instagrams in July come from the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Sweden, Germany and Spain. Let’s get to it: 11. Antwerp mural. Much as I adore Tin Tin, there’s more to Belgian street art and murals than Hergé’s intrepid journo. Here’s a wall in Antwerp. 10 Art Nouveau Pavillion in San Sebastian. During the summer holidays, the […]

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Silent Sunday: Swedish Squirrel at Skansen in Stockholm

Swedish squirrel at Skansen in Stockholm

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Silent Sunday: Abandoned carts at copper mine in Drammen, Norway

Abandoned minecarts on an overcast day, the now closed Konnerudgruvene copper mine, Drammen in Norway.

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Silent Sunday: Street scene, Manzini, Swaziland

The quality and style of this photo might indicate it’s ancient, much as my good self, like from the 1960s. But no, it’s simply a scanned version of a slide (remember those?) from the very last bits of the 20th century. I’ve been playing with a new pocket-sized scanner that promises to transform old slides […]

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11 most popular Instagrams in June 2015

This month’s most popular Instagrams are from Northern Ireland, Austria, Belgium, Germany and Sweden, and include three World Heritage sites. Here we go: 11. Until last month, I hadn’t been in Antwerp in more than 20 years. What a wonderful city! One of its many features is the fabulous doors found around town. This one […]

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